Ongoing formation is a life-long attitude and a "global process of renewal", involving persons and a communities in the different situations of life.
It is the aim of ongoing formation to enable the Scalabrinian to live his vocation in joy and maturity, in creative fidelity, and with a capacity for renewal, responding continually to the Lord and to the challenges of the mission. Such an attitude expresses itself in a capacity for discernment and reflection, in the obligation to consistently cultivate his spiritual life and a lifestyle that sustains the quality of the experience, in the search for skills needed to fulfill his mission with professional competence and to animate the numerous apostolic forces.
The Scalabrinian community is also the subject to ongoing formation, as bearer and witness in the Church of a gift of the Holy Spirit, that of the charism, and the educator of its members; also because it is itself in need of a continual renewal of its fidelity to Scalabrini and of discernment in the Spirit.
The community is the subject of ongoing formation when it engages in a "wise reading" of migratory situations, rendering itself capable of undertaking missionary plans and vocational initiatives in conjunction with those with whom it shares the spirit and the mission; it is this relationship which acts as a stimulus to renewal, including spiritual renewal, offering motivations, criteria of evaluation and suggestions for updating.
For this reason the community, as subject of a spiritual and apostolic experience, as a project, lives according to a project and responds as one to the Scalabrinian vocation.
(General Program of Scalabrinian Formation, chapter 10.4 Nature and Purpose)